Trying to cover all the necessary legal bases to move your family from a foreign country to Pennsylvania or some other state in the U.S. to live can be one of the most exasperating, challenging experiences of a lifetime. The more you know about family-based immigration laws, as well as your own rights, the better. It can also be very helpful to have an immigrant advocate by your side throughout the process.
Pennsylvania parents can likely imagine how stressful it would be to endure long separations from their children. Many military parents know what this is like, especially if called to active duty overseas. Parents navigating the family immigration process also often have periods of time where some family members are already in the United States while others remain in their countries of origin. In some cases, a K-4 visa can help parents reunite with their children.
In a city on the West Coast, Somali immigrants gathered on a recent Friday to discuss issues that affect their communities and other immigrants throughout the nation. Immigrants in Pennsylvania may have similar support networks in place to encourage and assist new arrivals, as well as those who have been living here for some time. A main topic of discussion at the recent gathering was whether newly proposed regulations would adversely affect family immigration.
Pennsylvania residents who are looking to bring their fiancé into the U.S. for marriage may be interested in some information on the requirements. There are strict time limits and other issues involved.
Those who work with Pennsylvania non-profit agencies may understand the stresses facing organizations in Miami as they attempt to reunite young immigrants with their families. The flow of children from Central American countries into the United States has consistently increased in the last two years, resulting in heavy workloads for relevant non-profits. Organizations now often lack the funding to pay the workers needed to handle the increasing demand for their services. Layoffs have affected some of these organizations, and in many cases, workers put in a significant amount of unpaid hours.
The law was also meant to put a stop to the human trafficking of children. In some cases, children were being sent here to be sold to individuals for illegal activities. The law was a way of keeping track of the children and protect them from those who would victimize them.
We have spoken extensively about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Obama started in 2012. This program allowed young people who were brought to the country outside of the immigration system to receive a work permit and a deferral from deportation. The program has worked well and many immigrants appreciate the work the president has done on behalf of this large group of immigrants (although many also don't think he has gone far enough), but it has also had some unforeseen consequences.
Imagine this: you have fallen in love with a man or a woman who lives outside of the United States. You have somehow managed to make your long-distance relationship work and now you want to propose, but have you thought through the logistics of the wedding and the marriage? If you are both going to be living in the United States, how is he or she going to get to Reading? What if he or she can't get a tourist visa because it is pretty obvious to consular officials that he or she doesn't plan on returning to his or her home country?